Mark Leno’s single payer bill, SB 810, cleared the Senate today.
The California Senate approved creating a government-run health care system for the nation’s most populous state on Thursday, ignoring a veto threat from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Supporters said it is time for state legislatures to take up the debate as the Obama Administration’s national health care proposal falters in Congress.
“If it’s not to be done at the national level, let us take the lead,” said state Sen. Christine Kehoe, D-San Diego. (LA Times)
Of course the Republicans, and the media, are framing this as some sort of madness in the face of the Massachusetts senate vote. Yet, the fact of the matter is that a big portion of the vote that swung from voting for President Obama to Scott Brown were people disaffected from the fact that the government couldn’t pass meaningful health care. As Rep. George Miller pointed out, in the wake of that election, we must be more aggressive in pursuing health care options.
Of course, Arnold Schwarzenegger is going to veto this bill, and everybody knows it. The Republicans are going around screaming about $200 Billion, but that number is what we are already spending on health care. Were we to adopt a single payer system, we would shed about 30% of those costs over night in the form of the insurance companies. We would increase health outcomes and save money.
But the Republicans are too busy telling us how we should be scared of the future to pretend to care about what’s happening to the ever-increasing working poor of this state. Single payer is about a basic fairness that allows all Californians health care that saves the taxpayers money. Take that to the blood bank and the bank bank.